Bossier Parish Libraries received the Beacon of Hope Award in recognition of their five-year partnership with the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana. The award was received by community engagement librarians, Andrea Gilmer and Kristin Kennedy, at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on February 22, 2022. “It was a special day honoring individuals and groups in our community who inspire us with their dedication and love for our ministry and those we serve,” said the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana in a social media post.
Shawn Reynolds, program coordinator for Bossier Lighthouse, shared this recently about our librarians, “They have been an asset to the students of the Bossier Lighthouse in not only bringing the library to them physically, but bringing the library mentally as well. They continue to show our students endless possibilities and challenge the students to open their minds and see the potential inside of them.”
Bossier Parish Libraries visits many community groups each month, including the Bossier Lighthouse, to bring library services directly into the community. These programs focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and literacy initiatives as well as making the parish-wide summer experience program, in which participants earn prizes for meeting reading goals, available to all parish residents.
“We love working with, and bringing library services, to the kids at the Bossier Lighthouse because it helps build connections that fulfill the library’s mission and vision to inspire and strengthen our community,” said Gilmer and Kennedy.
For more information about Bossier Parish Libraries, its mission, vision, programs, and services, visit www.bossierlibrary.org.